WTF MSM!? Russia, Facebook ads, and free speech
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WTF MSM!? Russia, Facebook ads, and free speech

Posted September 28, 2017 02:35 PM by Rob Eno Hacker on laptop in front of Russian flag themed binary code
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How do you say “like” in Russian? …

Russians “helped” both Hillary and Donald … Yesterday, CNN reported that “Russians” used Facebook to geo-target sponsored posts on “Black Lives Matter” to Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore during the 2016 election. The most salient point of the article is that CNN reported what a lot of us have been saying all along. The Russian interference was more to sow discord in the U.S. than it was to help any one candidate over another.

WaPo’s “embarrassment” after having to correct Russia story … In related news, Brian Flood reported at Fox News that the Washington Post had to correct its “scoop” about a meeting between Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and President Barack Obama. The headline said that Obama warned Zuck about Russia and the election and how the Russians would use Facebook. The problem is that never happened.

Politico op-ed writer sad about freedom of speech … The speech that the Founders were most concerned with was political speech. After just having fought a war for independence, they knew the power of a free press and how that ensured liberty. The Left, like author Richard Hasen, a law and political science professor at UC Irvine, thinks political speech is something to be regulated. That’s why he writes that it’s the “conservative” jurists on the Supreme Court who will block any efforts to stop foreign people from buying Facebook ads to sway opinion in the U.S. Sorry, Professor Hasen, but that’s what free speech is.

Speaking of political speech … I took a look at incumbent re-election rates in Congress, post-World War II. What I found is that campaign finance laws help incumbents, and more freedom of speech increases competitive democracy. Just like we saw in Alabama on Tuesday.


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Where do rights come from? …

Chuck Todd’s blatant disregard for the Founding … NBC’s Chuck Todd said yesterday that Roy Moore “doesn’t appear to believe in the Constitution as it’s written.” Why? Because Moore said, “Our rights don't come from government, they don't come from the Bill of Rights, they come from Almighty God.” Really, Chuck? That’s a pretty mainstream concept. Where have I read, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness?” The Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold has the story.

FLASHBACK: CNN anchor thought the same thing … Back in February, CR’s Chris Pandolfo noticed that Carol Costello said something very similar to Todd. The media is filled with people opining on politics and government who have no knowledge of the founding of this country and the philosophical roots of the republic. Remember that as you watch their coverage.

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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC. If you see something you’d like him to cover, tweet him @robeno.